5 hard hitting ODI players who failed in T20 cricket
The T20 format has been the most popular and entertaining form of cricket thanks to the big sixes and hard-hitting. The One-Day Internationals have too lived up to its charm. But one has to admit that the two formats are quite different from each other in many aspects.
It is not possible for a player to play the two formats with the same mindset and the most the success of a player depends on his ability to adapt to the two formats seamlessly. There are many cricketers who played both ODIs and T20s with equal domination. Yet, there are some who have been successful hard-hitters in the 50-over format but lagged behind and could not cope with the 20-over version.
Let us have a look at successful hard-hitting ODI players who have failed to make a mark in Twenty-20 matches:
1) Ricky Ponting
Most destructive innings: 140 not out off 121 balls vs. India in 2003 World Cup Final.
Ricky Ponting is one of the most successful captains in the history of the game. The Australian Cricket Team reached its pinnacle under him and the domination displayed by the Aussies during the early 2000’s can only be compared to the invincible West Indies squad led by Clive Lloyd.
Keeping aside his captaincy, he was one of the greatest batsman ever play the game. He also had the ability to hit the ball out of the park and his innings in the 2003 Cricket World Cup Final against India at the Wanderers, Johannesburg was a sheer example of how he mastered the art of hard hitting.
He scored over 13,000 runs in ODIs at a rate of 80.39 with an average of 42.03.
Yet he was not successful in the shortest format. Playing 98 Twenty-20 matches, he scored only 909 runs at a strike rate of 110.98.